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BLOG: Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2017

Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, transparent and hassle free. It also has benefits for dealers.... Read More »

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BLOG: Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines

6:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2017

The EU's target to reduce CO2 emissions from new-car fleets to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 might have been the kiss of death for Opel/Vauxhall if PSA hadn't stepped in.... Read More »

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BLOG: Toyota is not seeking No. 1 status; still cautious on EVs

4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2017

Didier Leroy showed the new face of a much more adventurous Toyota at the Tokyo auto show this week.... Read More »

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BLOG: Toyota is not seeking No. 1 status; still cautious on EVs

4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2017

Toyota Executive Vice President Didier Leroy showed a much bolder Toyota at the Tokyo auto show with comments on chasing volume to be the global No. 1 and on Tesla's business model... Read More »

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BLOG: Volvo's Polestar could become a credible BMW, Tesla rival

4:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2017

Volvo's Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1. Polestar's technology could make it a credible rival to the BMW i subbrand and Tesla.... Read More »

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BLOG: Volvo's Polestar could become a credible BMW, Tesla rival

4:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2017

Volvo's Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1. Polestar's technology could make it a credible rival to the BMW i subbrand and Tesla.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why Renault predicts big profits from EVs

6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2017

Renault's investment in electric vehicles is already paying dividends and the automaker said today that its profits from EVs will rise significantly in the next five years, which is in big contrast to rivals.... Read More »

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BLOG: Zetsche first CEO to fulfill oft-broken F1 promise

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2017

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is the first CEO I know to fulfill a promise to transfer his company's F1 technology to a road-ready vehicle.... Read More »

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BLOG: Dissecting Europe's automotive numbers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2017

The latest Automobile Industry Pocket Guide from the European association ACEA, reveals some interesting, and often unexpected, trends from the region's auto industry.... Read More »

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Data from cars: Gold mine or land mine?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2017

Does data generated by autonomous vehicles really provide carmakers with a “$1 trillion opportunity”?... Read More »

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BLOG: Data: Gold mine or land mine?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2017

Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech companies.... Read More »

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BLOG: Data: Gold mine or land mine?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2017

Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech companies such as Apple and Google. But while this information is valuable, it might not be the carmakers who profit.... Read More »

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BLOG: China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2017

China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan sales.... Read More »

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Could Tavares cut one of PSA's brands?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

How will PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares manage to streamline his enlarged brand portfolio now that Citroen, Peugeot and Opel/Vauxhall all compete in Europe's saturated volume car market?... Read More »

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BLOG: Why city mayors may dictate which cars will rule the roads

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2017

PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares is scared that the mayors of the world's biggest cities -- especially those in Europe -- will have a powerful say in which powertrains will rule the road because they can dictate which types of vehicles will be allowed inside their metropolitan areas.... Read More »

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BLOG: Tavares wins favorable terms with Opel takeover

5:11 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2017

PSA's agreement to buy GM's Opel/Vauxhall unit in a transaction valued at 2.2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) at first glance seems to have cost the French automaker a bit more than pre-deal expectations of just below 2 billion euros, but this is just an optical illusion.... Read More »

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BLOG: Tavares wins favorable terms with Opel takeover

5:11 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2017

PSA's agreement to buy GM's Opel/Vauxhall unit in a transaction valued at 2.2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) at first glance seems to have cost the French automaker a bit more than pre-deal expectations of just below 2 billion euros, but this is just an optical illusion.... Read More »

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BLOG: BMW helps fill free time given by piloted cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2017

As autonomous driving becomes a hot topic, BMW provided a peek at the opportunities drivers will have when they don't have to worry about steering their car.... Read More »

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BLOG: Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2017

Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. Gone are the days when the automaker was a one-dimensional company that relied too much on France and rose or fell based on demand for its Scenic minivan.... Read More »

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BLOG: The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2017

Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, according to a man who has direct contact with both.... Read More »

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BLOG: In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2017

Faraday has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up certainly has aggressive communication.... Read More »

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BLOG: Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears

5:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2017

I’m a big fan of autonomous driving and am eager to buy a fully self-driving car as soon as I can, but many others are skeptical. One reason is they want to be sure that the artificial intelligence in control of their vehicle knows exactly what’s happening on the road around the car.
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BLOG: Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2016

Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One team principal in a $138 million bid to win the America's Cup, the world's most prestigious sailing trophy.... Read More »

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BLOG: Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2016

Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One team principal in a 110-million-pound bid to win the America's Cup, the world's most prestigious sailing trophy.... Read More »

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BLOG: Formula One's last chance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2016

Formula One's new owner, Liberty Media, is facing a big challenge: Modernize the world's most watched, most technically sophisticated motor sports series or watch a multi-billion-dollar investment vanish.... Read More »

 
Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas

Peter Sigal
4:52 am U.S. ET | April 19 2018

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Schaeffler is looking toward the future of mobility with new products that include the Mover, a comp ...
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Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Christiaan Hetzner
7:13 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Audi loses, Porsche wins and why VW Group parted ways with Matthias Mueller were among the key takea ...
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Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Pininfarina is joining with Hong Kong's Hybrid Kinetic Group to develop "clean energy vehicles," and ...
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Jaguar said to be planning Porsche Cayenne rival

Wesley Wren
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12 2018

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Jaguar has another street-minded crossover in the works, one with the Porsche Cayenne in its sights, ...
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Bangle's quest to ban banality

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2018

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Former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle has strong feelings about the future of car design. He believ ...
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New ZF CEO is bullish about plug-in hybrid sector

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2018

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New ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider says plug-in hybrid will be a "great technology for the next 10 to ...
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BMW, Mercedes win with diesels in Korea

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16 2018

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It's only been a couple of weeks since the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang concluded, but for tw ...
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Why Israel is winning with autonomous cars

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14 2018

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Israel is establishing itself as a major automotive player because of a willingness to continually challenge ideas, a top executive said. ...
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Alpine, Fiat, Volvo find subtle ways to show national pride

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9 2018

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The pride that Europe's automakers have for their homelands was on display this week at the Geneva a ...
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Jeep overshadows Fiat brand with bigger Geneva spotlight

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7 2018

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Fiat Chrysler's display at this year's Geneva auto show highlights how diminished the once-dominant ...
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Nissan, Ford, Fiat among losers as European sales fall 5%
Nissan, Ford and Fiat brand saw their European sales decline steeply in March as industrywide regist ...
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W. Europe sales drop 6% on falling UK, German demand
Western European car sales fell 6 percent in March, weighed down by falling demand in the UK, German ...
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Russia sales forecast to increase 10% in 2018
Russia's sales are forecast to grow 10 percent this year as the market recovers faster than expected ...
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Spain sales rise 2% despite accelerating diesel slump
New-car sales in Spain rose 2 percent in March, despite a big drop in diesel registrations and two f ...
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Italy sales fall 6% amid political uncertainty
New-car sales in Italy fell 6 percent in March, partly hit by customers postponing purchases as poli ...
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UK sales slump 16% as diesel demand plunges
Demand for new diesel cars in Britain plunged by more than a third in March, pushing down total regi ...
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German market falls 3% as diesel decline accelerates
Registrations in Germany fell 3 percent in March with the decline in diesel-car sales accelerating a ...
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Volvo, Seat show strong gains as French sales rise 2%
French new-car sales increased 2.2 percent in March with Volvo, Seat, Kia and Hyundai recording stro ...
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Skoda, Jeep, Hyundai make big gains in Spain as sales rise 13%
Skoda, Jeep, Hyundai and Dacia were among the big winners as Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent i ...
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Mitsubishi, Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rise 25%
Russian new-car sales rose 25 percent in February. Mitsubishi saw the biggest gain with sales soarin ...
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Europe's automakers invest in sedans despite SUV surge
Automakers in Europe are continuing to invest in sedans even though the body style has been losing c ...
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Hyundai, Seat add body styles to spice up key sector
Automakers such as Hyundai, Ford, Kia and Seat are experimenting with new compact-car body styles in ...
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Audi, BMW forecast to give key SUV sector a lift with new flagships
A two-year slump in the demand for premium large SUVs in Europe is expected to end in 2019 as BMW an ...
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Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe
Germany's premium brands are under pressure to accelerate their plans for electric cars after Tesla' ...
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Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year
Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives ...
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Europe's EV sales expected to top 200,000 this year
Sales of full-electric cars are set to surge to 200,000 this year, helped by the arrival of the new ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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GM replaces Cadillac chief de Nysschen
GM, seeking an accelerated turnaround at its flagship luxury brand, appointed Steve Carlisle preside ...
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Renault shuffles Dacia, AvtoVAZ bosses
Renault has shuffled the leadership of its Dacia and Lada subsidiaries, appointing Antoine Doucerain ...
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Kia Europe names Herrera new COO
Kia Europe has appointed the head of its Spanish operations, Emilio Herrera, to the position of chie ...
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Bugatti names former Lambo exec as sales chief
Bugatti has named Christian Mastro, a former executive at Lamborghini, as its new sales and marketin ...
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VW names its top U.S. engineer to head new division
VW Group has picked Matthias Erb to lead a newly created interdisciplinary division that spans devel ...
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JLR lures Renault's Alpine boss to head its performance unit
Jaguar Land Rover has appointed Michael van der Sande, the head of Renault's sporty Alpine brand, to ...
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PSA creates new electric vehicle unit
PSA has created a new electric vehicle business unit as it prepares to launch electrified versions o ...
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Rolls-Royce appoints BMW Group veteran as sales chief
Rolls-Royce has appointed veteran BMW Group executive and current head of Mini in China, Henrik Wilh ...
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Nissan names de Ficchy new Europe boss
Nissan has picked finance expert Gianluca de Ficchy to lead its automotive business in Europe. ...
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Autoliv will get new CEO after electronics business spinoff
Autoliv CEO Jan Carlson will become head of the supplier's electronics business, Veoneer. ...
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Hyundai makes Santa Fe more family-friendly
Hyundai hopes more advanced safety and comfort features, better styling and a more refined interior ...
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BMW aims sporty X2 at young buyers
BMW's is aiming its all-new X2 at young and young-at-heart customers.The X2 is a sporty variant of t ...
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With the 720S, McLaren makes a more practical supercar
McLaren has added practical features to its 720S supercar in response to research that showed that m ...
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Nissan Leaf gets big tech, range upgrades
Nissan is counting on its sleeker, more technologically advanced, longer-range Leaf electric car to ...
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Mitsubishi expands reach in compact SUV sector with Eclipse Cross
The arrival of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross compact crossover gives the automaker three models that ...
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Jaguar expects to lure new customers with E-Pace
Jaguar sees the new E-Pace SUV as a conquest vehicle for the brand, with 80 percent of buyers new to ...
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With DS 7, PSA gets upscale flagship
PSA says the DS 7 Crossback will stand out from the competition because of its focus on technology, ...
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BMW makes leaner, sleeker 6-series GT
BMW hopes a more appealing design, greater variability and increased comfort will propel sales of it ...
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Volvo counts on XC40 for conquests
Volvo is counting on its first model in the fast-growing premium compact SUV segment to break a lot ...
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Hyundai gives Kona off-road capabilities to broaden small SUV's appeal
Hyundai hopes a sharp design, advanced connectivity features and off-road capability will help win c ...
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Suppliers to the new Hyundai i30
Assembly of the third-generation Hyundai i30 began in December 2016 at Hyundai's plant in Nosovice, ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia
Assembly of the third-generation Ope/Vauxhall Insignia began in March 2016 at the automaker's plant ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford GT
Assembly of the second-generation Ford GT began in October 2016 at Ford's plant in Markham, Canada. ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A5
Assembly of the second-generation Audi A5 began in June 2016 at the Volkswagen Group subsidiary's pl ...
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Suppliers to the new Honda Civic
Assembly of the 10th-generation Honda Civic began in July 2016 in at Honda's plant in Swindon, Engla ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford Fiesta
Assembly of the seventh-generation Ford Fiesta began in May 2017 in at Ford's plant in Cologne, Germ ...
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Suppliers to the new Citroen C3
Assembly of the third-generation Citroen C3 began in September 2016 in at PSA's plant in Trnava, Slo ...
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Suppliers to the new Toyota C-HR
Assembly of the all-new Toyota C-HR began in November 2016 at the automaker's plant in Sakarya, Turk ...
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